Match – Tamil Thalaivas vs Telugu Titans
Date – 26 November 2018, 8:00 PM IST
Venue – Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune
The two teams from the Southern part of the nation clash together as the home leg of the Bengaluru Bulls continue at their adopted home in Pune. Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas will clash for the third time this season in the first match of the day.
Tamil Thalaivas have lost their last two encounters and will be hoping for a better showing against the Titans. Their star skipper Ajay Thakur has been relatively quiet from his usual lofty standards and will be hoping to inspire his side to a much-needed win. The defence has been lacklustre despite the presence of Manjeet Chillar in the lineup. They have experimented a lot in their starting seven and have not been able to find a consistently performing group of players, unfortunately.
Telugu Titans have been very inconsistent this season after a good start early in the season. The team has looked in good touch all across the mat despite the absence of their captain Vishal Bhardwaj. Rahul Chaudhari and Nilesh Salunke operate in the raiding unit with the Iranian powerhouse Abozar Mighani manning the defence for the Titans. They lost out against the same opposition in their previous match and will be out for retribution.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
Tamil Thalaivas – L L W L D
Telugu Titans – L W L D W
Head to Head (Season 6):
Matches Played: 2
Won by Tamil Thalaivas: 1
Won by Telugu Titans: 1
Matches Drawn: 0
Probable Starting 7:
Ajay Thakur, Sukesh Hegde, Athul MS, Anil Kumar, Manjeet Chillar, D Gopu, D Pradap
Abozar Mighani, Farhad Milaghardan, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Krushna Madane, Anil Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Nilesh Salunke
My dream XI
Rahul Chaudhari (16.5 Cr), Ajay Thakur (17 Cr) and Anil Kumar (11.5 Cr) form the raiding unit of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The Tamil Thalaivas skipper Ajay Thakur is the lead raider for the side and is almost always the top scorer for them on the mat. Anil Kumar was used in their previous match against Bulls as a defender and did well with six points off the bench. Rahul Chaudhari is the key raider for the Telugu Titans and will be looking to get into a good run of form after having a dry run in the past few games.
Abozar Mighani (14.5 Cr) and Farhad Milaghardan (13 Cr) form the defensive lineup of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The Iranian right corner Abozar Mighani has been a strong presence in the Telugu defence and held the fort as the stand-in skipper since the absence of Vishal Bhardwaj, the regular captain. Farhad Milaghardan is an all-rounder who can help out in both the attack as well as defence.
Mohsen Maghsoudlou (13.5 Cr) and Krushna Madane (12 Cr) form the all-rounders of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
Krushna Madane has been an able replacement for Vishal Bhardwaj on the left corner for the Telugu Titans and raked in tackle points. Mohsen Maghsoudlou is often used as the third raider by the Titans and has the ability to contribute both in the attack and defence.
Captain and vice-captain: Ajay Thakur and Rahul Chaudhari
Alternative: Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur
Player to watch out for: Rahul Chaudhari
The star man of the Telugu Titans is approaching the figure of 800 PKL points and will be raring to get into a good run of form as the business end of the season approaches.